Management Consulting Services
Dr. DeVale is an organizational development specialist located in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a process management consultant she simultaneously helps to increase the profit, efficiency and health of a company. It is the quality control of all of the people processes (often the how people go about doing things ) of an organization, including also the corporate culture both conscious and unconscious that drives an organization to health, effectiveness and profit. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on Overcoming Resistance to Excellence in Organizations. This often includes things like strategic planning, mission building, clearer definitions of goals and objectives, trust building and team building, stress management, re-designing the structure of an organizations, developing more effective communication skills, and conflict resolution. It has a definite focus on action research and learning how to keep an organization healthy and profitable. Any business organization including government entities would benefit from her services. All of the statistics show that organizations that have the highest TRUST levels are the most profitable and healthy. Fees that normally run $120 an hour are available for $60 an hour through the non-profit. The initial consultation is free.
A dictionary defines it this way:
Organization development (OD) is a conceptual, organization-wide effort to increase an organization’s effectiveness and viability. Warren Bennis has referred to OD as a response to change, a complex educational strategy intended to change the beliefs, attitudes, values, and structure of an organization so that it can better adapt to new technologies, markets,challenges, and the dizzying rate of change itself. OD is neither “anything done to better an organization” nor is it “the training function of the organization”; it is a particular kind of change process designed to bring about a particular kind of end result. OD can involve interventions in the organization’s “processes,” using behavioral science knowledge organizational reflection, system improvement, planning and self-analysis.
Kurt Lewin (1898-1947) is widely recognized as the founding father of OD, although he died before the concept became current in the mid-1950s. From Lewin came the ideas of group
dynamics and action research which underpin the basic OD process as well as providing its collaborative consultant/client ethos. Institutionally, Lewin founded the “Research Center for Group Dynamics” (RCGD) at MIT, which moved to Michigan after his death. RCGD colleagues were among those who founded the National Training Laboratories (NTL), from which the T-
group and group-based OD emerged. In the UK, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations was important in developing systems theories. The joint TIHR journal Human Relations was an early journal in the field. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences is now the leading journal in the field.